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Showing Promise

There once was a boy who loved to run & jump & throw & catch & flip & tackle & race & climb & challenge himself & say 

“Look Mom, no hands!”


He loved games and sports and played as many of them as he could. He was good at most of them and showed promise at the few he loved playing.


He showed enough promise that he made a decision to do the work and focus on rising to fulfill his promise. 


That decision changed his life…

When you show promise,

promise shows you.

And people notice. 

People who are in a position to help you will explore ways they can best be of assistance to you. 


The boy began to attract people who helped him get better, learn from his mistakes, avoid pitfalls, stay humble and become great!

As success bred more success, the boy realized how fortunate he was to have the support, the encouragement, the wisdom and the counsel of those wiser than he.


It all started with a decision the boy made.

He chose to pursue purpose! 

The boy, now a man, has experienced far more joy and adventure than he ever could've imagined. Now, he helps others rise to their promise with purpose!


Keep showing promise!


No one knows exactly what the future holds but everyone knows what holds the future:




Will U choose what matters?

Will U choose what’s necessary?

Will U choose what’s required?

Will U choose to stand for more?

Will U choose purpose?

Will U

You are the lead actor starring in the movie of your life. You are following a script which dictates the choices you make and the chances you take.

If you aren't actively writing your script, someone else is and you are living the life of their dreams.

If it’s fame that U want

she’s elusive and demanding

Will U let her own U

or will U stand up and keep standing


If it’s wealth that U seek

there are sacrifices to gain her

Will U become a slave to her will

or supervise and maintain her


If your best life is what you’re after,

take or leave the wealth and fame

Will U decide what gives your life meaning or watch others live and live the same


Lives don’t unfold by accident,

we create them to some degree

by asking questions of ourselves

our answers guide us, U will see.

Yes, there’s randomness and luck

and some rely on destiny

but what U focus on has power

to shape the person U will be


So, what U need to do now

before going all in,

before investing your soul

in a race U won’t win,

is write the script for your life

U will be the lead actor,

the producer, the director,

the editor, the caster


This will be your story

decide now how you'll live it.

What matters, what doesn't.

How much effort you'll give it

Will U follow the crowd,

give up your life to live theirs

or will U discover your purpose  

even if no one else dares

Will U put faith in a higher power

or trust in the wisdom of men

Will U just use knowledge and logic

or include the spirit within

Will U force your beliefs on others

as if U know what’s good for them

or will U respect their right to follow

who or what they put trust in

Will U always do your best

even if THE BEST is out of reach

Will U be a hypocrite

or will U practice what U preach

Your actions speak much louder

than your words ever will

Will U shout out your intentions

or do the work that makes them real

Will U add to or subtract from

the world's awesome beauty

Will U enhance earth or destroy it

Choose now, it's your duty

Will U be a hero or a villain

making life better or worse

for the people all around U

will U be a blessing or a curse

Will U consider others

or just U all the time

will U walk in their shoes

feel their pain, help them climb

Will U ignore those who suffer

or be part of their hope

Will U seek help for your pain

or just mask it and cope

Will U be honest & truthful

no matter the cost

trusting that it's enough

to keep from getting lost

or will U lie & deceive

to gain what U crave

be a cheater that prowls

streets of misery U pave

Will U keep your promises
and do what U say
choose to maintain trust
like there's no other way

or will U bail on the people
you’ve made commitments to
leave them wondering if
they should ever trust U

Will your friends think you're loyal
will U have their back
will U help shine their light
if their enemies attack
or will U use who U can
to get one step ahead
betray friends and trick foes
till your relationships are dead

When U commit to yourself

will U follow through

building self confidence

because U believe U

or will U break your own trust

thinking it’s not a big deal

then lose confidence in U

and find it difficult to heal

Will U stand up for yourself

or be used and abused

demand respect and fair treatment

or bow down when refused

Will U forgive when done wrong

and offer mercy and grace

or hold a grudge, seek revenge

carry that weight every place

and that includes U

Will U forgive yourself

Will U shed shame and regret

or store it on your heart’s shelf

When you’re being held back

 by roadblocks all around 

Will U simply give up

or give thanks then rebound

When knocked down as U fly

will U rise like a Phoenix

flap your wings with new tempo

top the charts with your remix

or will U stay close to the ground

where no turbulence lives

with no challenge, no resistance

that not growing gives

Will U live in fear or above it

hate uncertainty or love it

when rich will U share it

when without will U covet

Will U walk paths never taken

with all the unknowns 

or choose familiar and comfort

smoothing out the road's stones

If society values U less

as U become what they call “old”

Will U still pursue purpose

or begin doing what you’re told

These are all likely choices

U will face in your story

As you’ve learned by now

life's not all gain and glory

but U have what U need

to amass all the muscle

to fight future fears

with strength, focus and hustle

Before U take action

know your purpose, right then

Actions put things in motion

toward a “learn” or a “win”

That's why writing your script

is what U must do

so you'll know in advance

how win and learn look to U

Please make note of the word choice

U either win or U learn

Commit, learn & don’t quit

in time you’ll get your turn

The only time that U lose

is when U choose not to learn

it’s that choice which determines

dreams fulfilled or dreams burned

When U make your mistakes

will U look for excuses

or look for the lessons

which have many more uses

Once U know who you’ll be

be that person you've scripted

When fear tries to shine

let your purpose eclipse it

No one has what U have

embrace your gift and then share it

the world is counting on U

we'll miss out if U bury it

2 parts H mixed with O 

become water each time

1 part U mixed with grow

leads to LIFE so sublime

Share your skills, gifts and talents

the world’s searching for new

Live with heart, body, soul   

Life is art, paint it U

It’s your choice! That’s what's great

about this adventure we’re on

Life is learning and choosing and

writing scripts till we’re gone!

So if the script U follow now

limits U in any way

Revise it and permit yourself

to learn a little more each day

Use this guide to help U think through

the questions throughout it’s text

Use your answers to help guide U

 to rise up and do what’s next

When all is said and done

and U complete your life’s expression


as your true and last confession?



©2021 Jerry L. Burrell, All Rights Reserved

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